Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is a technically challenging plastic surgery procedure that requires both precise surgical skill and a good eye for aesthetic detail. This is because altering the shape and size of the nose by mere millimeters can change the overall appearance of a patient’s face.
Also, nose surgery must be personally tailored to satisfy the unique needs of each patient. For instance, an individual of Latin descent does not have the same aesthetic and anatomical needs as a patient of Asian descent. For these reasons, it is crucial for individuals pursuing nose surgery to undergo the procedure with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has vast experience performing rhinoplasty for a diverse range of individuals from various ethnic backgrounds.
Fortunately, Dr. Ary Krau is one such plastic surgeon. He has performed thousands of rhinoplasty procedures for patients of different ethnicities, helping countless individuals love the look of their nose — and the overall appearance of their face.
The Open vs. Closed Approach
There are two surgical approaches to rhinoplasty: the open approach and the closed. The open approach involves making an incision on the columella, or strip of skin in between the nostrils. The closed approach involves making the incisions on the interior of the nostrils, thereby eliminating any noticeable scars.
Many surgeons prefer to use the open approach, as it allows greater visibility and, thus, more control during surgery — especially in regard to manipulating the nasal cartilage to improve the underlying nasal structure. However, the open approach also exposes individuals to increased swelling, additional scar tissue and other considerations. For these reasons, Dr. Krau uses the closed approach when medically appropriate for the patient.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgical Considerations
All that being said, Dr. Krau uses the open approach to rhinoplasty when it is beneficial for the patient. This is often the case when performing rhinoplasty for patients of non-Caucasian ethnic descent, including individuals of Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian or African American descent. Dr. Krau has found that patients of these ethnic backgrounds are more likely to have thicker skin and often seek increased definition throughout the tip of their noses. Using the open approach during rhinoplasty generally allows Dr. Krau to provide further nasal contouring for these patients.
Dr. Krau’s Goal With Nose Surgery
When Dr. Krau performs cosmetic nose surgery — for any individual — his goal is to address the individual’s cosmetic concerns while preserving the nose’s unique attributes, which help to define the person’s distinct, beautiful look. He strives to ensure all his patients look like themselves — only better.